Poet selling testicles for 20k – A poet from Columbia has announced that he is selling his testicles for $20,000 in order to raise money to go on a European tour. Raffael Medina Brochero wants to present “Poetry for Peace in Columbia” across Europe. He was sell his jewels to the first person to offer the money. He is making this decision because while on a tour in Bolivia last year he ran out of money and had to sell his wedding ring.
Tanning mom sent to detox facility – Patricia Krentcil, the woman who was in hot water for taking her five year old to a tanning salon, has been sent to a detox facility after she was found drunk in a Minneapolis airport. She was taken to the facility when police decided that she couldn’t care for herself. She wasn’t arrested but should could be held for up to 30 hours in the center.
Kobe Bryant items set for auction in nj – The Goldin Auction Summer Spectacular will be held in West Berlin, New Jersey and will be featuring some of Kobe Bryant’s most priced memorabilia. The auction will include some of his jerseys from his days at Lower Merion High School and his 2000 NBA championship ring. These items were decided on after a dispute between Bryant and his mother. The auction will start today and runs through July 19th.
Philly city council sets property tax rate and passes cigarette tax – The Philadelphia City Council has approved a new real estate and cigarette tax with the goal of getting more money into the school sestet. It was decided last Thursday that there will be a 1.34% increase in property taxes. There will also be a new $2 a pack tax on cigarettes. An effort to increase the liquor-by-the-drink tax from 10 to 15% is still in the works (it would need approval from the state legislature). The hope is that this revenue will help to alleviate some of the pressure on the cash-strapped school system.
Man gets 3 years for $70 bill – A man in Illinois will serve 3 years behind bars for failing to pay his $70 restaurant bill. He allegedly ordered a $70 meal at the Alamo steak house but left the establishment before paying. Police discovered that he has a history of doing this- part of the reason for his jail sentence. He was facing up to 6 years behind bars but the judge settled on 3. The man never explained why he took the meals but has a record including 13 convictions for theft/ burglary and 70 arrests for theft.
Will smith kisses son during interview – During an interview in Thailand for their new film After Earth, Will Smith showed his son Jaden some love by planting a kiss right on his lips! Will forced the kiss on him and Jaden, just like any other teenager, was mortified. He jumped out of his seat yelling “This is ridiculous!”
Kanye west album leaks – Despite his effort to keep his 6th studio album under wraps Kanye’s album ‘Yeezus’ illegally leaked onto the internet this weekend. The entire album was put onto a password-protected file sharing service on Friday. The album is due in stores on Tuesday. Def Jam was not as calm about the leak as Yeezy and sources say that they are on the hunt for the person responsible for the leak and “will seek appropriate consequences”. Before the leak it was protected that Yeezus would make a 500K copy debut- we’ll see how that works out.
Princeton student crowned miss nj – 20 year old Cara McCollum who is a student at Princeton University beat out 22 competitors and snagged the Miss New Jersey crown this weekend. She competed as ‘Miss Island Resort’, will receive an $11K scholarship and a spot in this Miss America Pageant being held in September.